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Brenda Ross

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 9:51 pm
by Hanna
OC Weekly

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Brenda Ross

The Laguna Woods City Councilwoman shares some of her favorite things
By DAVE WIELENGA
Thursday, October 19, 2006

When Laguna Woods became a city in 1999, Brenda Ross became a politician for the first time. She was 83 years old. Seven years later, Ross is still on the Laguna Woods city council—she’s been mayor a couple of times too, along the way—and at 90 she knows that her age makes her a little unusual. But not that unusual. After all, Laguna Woods is a city birthed by the retirement community of Leisure World.

“I realize that I am a model for a lot of people,” says Ross. “I also realize that I am fortunate. I’ve always had a lot of energy and I’ve still got good health. But I’ve always been active and involved. That’s not new or strange for me.”

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Ross has lived in California since 1975. But she first became familiar with this state in the 1940s when she was in the Army. During those years she was also stationed in Switzerland, where she met her husband-to-be, Mathew Ross. They married in 1947, and they’re still together.

Over the years, Mrs. Ross has poured her efforts into broad issues like aging and specific fights like the battle against the El Toro Airport. These days she’s working to help Laguna Woods build a city hall.

“I love being involved,” she says, “and I am fortunate that I still can be.”

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Re: 90-year-old city leader, Brenda Ross

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2006 2:39 pm
by mvmike
Many people might condescendingly chuckle about a story like this, but I can attest to the drive and energy of the folks in the old Leisure World -- the grey panthers, as many called them. I saw them every day while volunteering at the S&HC office, and at various meetings and events.

They were tireless and extremely effective in rousing the folks in Leisure World to the danger that the County airport planning held for them. They created a city to better fight the airport, they raised huge amounts of money, and they created a very high turnout for votes and initiative signatures. Their civic involvement was a model we could all benefit fom following.

Without them, we very likely might've failed in our efforts to block the airport.

Re: 90-year-old city leader, Brenda Ross

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2006 4:55 pm
by Parrotpaul
mvmike wrote:Many people might condescendingly chuckle about a story like this, but I can attest to the drive and energy of the folks in the old Leisure World -- the grey panthers, as many called them. I saw them every day while volunteering at the S&HC office, and at various meetings and events.

They were tireless and extremely effective in rousing the folks in Leisure World to the danger that the County airport planning held for them. They created a city to better fight the airport, they raised huge amounts of money, and they created a very high turnout for votes and initiative signatures. Their civic involvement was a model we could all benefit fom following.

Without them, we very likely might've failed in our efforts to block the airport.
Leisure Worlders..my wife and I are two...contributed enormous numbers of hours, manned info and petition tables, attended many meetings, spoke at those meetings, voted the right way and opened up their pocket books.

I agree..without LW, it's residents and many of its leaders, defeating El Toro Airport would have been much more difficult.